Plastic Surgery Center

Tummy Tuck



     Maybe you once had a tight, 'washboard' abdomen, but ever since your last pregnancy you just can't get your old shape back. Or maybe you've always had a soft, prominent 'belly' that you could only dream would go away. Fortunately, a cosmetic surgery procedure known as an abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck, can remove excess folds of skin and tighten your abdominal muscles to create a lean, flat, and more well defined abdomen. An abdominoplasty may be recommended as an alternative to liposuction. In an abdominoplasty, excess skin and fat are removed and the abdominal muscles are tightened to flatten out the bulge.

     If your abdominal fullness and loose skin are confined to the area below the belly button, you may be a candidate for a 'mini' abdominoplasty, which has a shorter incision and limits the tightening to the lower abdomen. However, if the fullness and skin laxity involve your entire abdomen, then you would likely need a full abdominoplasty to get the best result. After a tummy tuck, a compression garment or a girdle is worn for 4 - 6 weeks as normal activities are gradually resumed. Heavy lifting or any other activity, which would strain the abdominal muscles repaired by a tummy tuck, is restricted for 6 weeks.

     Albuquerque tummy tuck surgeon Dr. Hopkins has used his personal technique of abdominoplasty to give many women a flat, sculpted, and more athletic appearing abdomen. It is a very safe and predictable technique, and it has become one of our most popular procedures. Call today for your consultation, 505-884-4242.